MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tuesday marked the official "grand reopening" of the Louisville Bridge.
After about two months of construction, the Lea Joyner bridge is back in action and traffic is flowing smoothly. But it's actually a project that's been in the works for years.
It's a two phase project that started back in 2007 and ended in 2009 with phase one. Phase two started in 2010 and recently ended this month.
The 20 million dollar project gave the bridge more than a facelift. Bearings were replaced, the steel structure was repaired, and the electrical system was upgraded.
"The original bridge was built in 1936 so the rehabilitation was just part of keeping this bridge open and keeping it open to traffic," said Susan Stafford, who is a public information officer for the DOTD.
DOTD officials say the changes were necessary and the bridge is essentially now brand new.